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Amazon union drive in Alabama sees 55% voter turnout

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Individuals protest in help of the unionizing efforts of the Alabama Amazon staff, in Los Angeles, California, March 22, 2021.

Lucy Nicholson | Reuters

Greater than 3,200 ballots had been solid in a excessive stakes union election at one in every of Amazon’s Alabama warehouses, in accordance with the Retail, Wholesale and Division Retailer Union.

The election was open to greater than 5,800 staff at Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse, who’re voting whether or not to hitch the RWDSU. With 3,215 complete ballots solid, that resulted in a turnout price of roughly 55%, which is larger than what the RWDSU initially estimated.

Employees had till March 29 to submit their ballots by way of mail. Vote counting started final week by way of a personal video convention, presided over by the NLRB, throughout which Amazon and the union might contest ballots primarily based on components like an illegible signature or whether or not an individual’s job classification entitles them to vote.

The general public portion of the vote depend is anticipated to start as quickly as Thursday or Friday morning, the RWDSU mentioned.

A whole lot of ballots had been challenged, largely by Amazon, in accordance with the RWDSU. If the margin of victory finally ends up being lower than the entire variety of challenged ballots, the ultimate tally might be briefly halted till these challenges are resolved by way of a listening to held by the NLRB. Any ballots which might be accepted will then be added to the tally.

There might nonetheless be further legal challenges in store, as both Amazon or the union have the chance to problem the election outcomes, which might additional delay the end result.

The election in Bessemer has turn into a carefully watched occasion in and out of doors of Amazon, as it will set up the primary union at one of many e-commerce big’s warehouses within the U.S.

Bessemer staff in favor of the union have raised quite a few points concerning the breakneck tempo of labor, a scarcity of ample break time and different grievances. Nevertheless, Amazon has maintained that it would not want a union to return between it and its staff.

Representatives from Amazon and the NLRB did not instantly reply to a request for remark.

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